Thursday, November 14, 2013

Spicy Goldfish Crackers | Friday Night Bites

Don’t you just love the “easy breezy” appetizers?  I certainly do.  Lately I have been snacking on those little golden nuggets that we have all grown to love – the iconic “gold fish” crackers.  They are portable, tasty and extremely satisfying.  On the way home from work one evening, I was contemplating my next Friday Night Bite and then it came to me.  I love those gold fish, so why not elevate them to the next level. 

I had the general concept in my head, just needed to put together the right combination of flavors.  Digging through my pantry, I stumbled upon a packet of Good Seasonings Zesty Italian Salad Dressing mix and that would become the base for this quick snack.  The result was a delicious and straightforward treat.  The recipe makes quite a generous amount, so I brought some to my office and saved the rest for hubby and me to snack on.

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With the holiday season right around the corner, hubby and I are getting into the spirit this year.  We absolutely love movies on the Hallmark Channel.  I am so lucky that hubby enjoys the feel good movies as much as me.  One of us will look over at the other and ask – “do you have a tear in your eye?” Often the response is – “Yes, do you?” and then we both acknowledge that we are both suckers for a sappy movie.

If you love happy, feel good movies with a great message woven throughout, then you probably already watch Hallmark.  If you have not indulged in the world of Hallmark movies, then I urge you to check it out.  Currently we are enjoying the “Countdown to Christmas” with 12 original new movies for 2013.  I believe we have one new movie in our cue to watch and it sounds like a perfect start to the weekend along with enjoying our Friday Night Bites.

Spicy Goldfish Crackers

10 Cups Goldfish Crackers
¾ Cup Olive Oil or Canola Oil
1 Package Good Seasonings Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Lemon Pepper
1 teaspoon Dill Weed
1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper (use half if less spicy is desired)

Mix the oil and spices together in a large bowl.  Add the goldfish and mix well.  Spread over two large sheet pans with sides.  Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and toss gently.  Let cool.  Store in an airtight container or plastic freezer bags.


  1. Love anything I make in my kitchen to be 'easy breezy' but especially apps-love the spicy goldfish idea and your pretty pics using the bright blue cup and saucer ;) It's great to share a movie night with your honey and a few savory bites!!!

  2. I love goldfish crackers, what a fun way to elevate them into a gourmet snack!

  3. Love your spiced up goldfish! Goldfish crackers have been a favorite snack since childhood. :D

  4. Yum, love the easy way to spice up the regular gold fish crackers!

  5. Having an 8 year old means I am very familiar with gold fish crackers. I love this spicy version, so much better than the plain ones from the store.

  6. This was such a clever idea. I had not had goldfish crackers forever but enjoyed munching on a bag during a road trip recently. I love the spicy kick you added to them. :)


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